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Colossians, Chapter One, Lesson Two

LEARNING TO SERVE           Page 3
V. 5 (cont'd.)

To help us answer this question, let's take a closer look at what the Bible says about hope!

Colossians 1:5 and 12 "laid up...in heaven" and "the inheritance of the saints in light".

1Peter 1:4 "to obtain an inheritance... reserved in heaven for you"

Hebrews 6:17-19 "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul..."

Titus 2:13 "looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus..."

Hope then, from a Biblical perspective, is the very foundation of the Christian life. It is based upon the absolute certainty of what will come to pass regarding our eternal security, because of the promise of God in Christ Jesus. cf. Hebrews 11:1

This is far removed from the hopelessness of the world around us that would say, "I hope I win the lottery"!

Now, answering our original question, it would appear that Paul is saying that the Colossians have both faith and love "because of" the hope that has been laid up for them in Heaven. Or, to put it another way, the only reason they have a hope laid up for them in Heaven, is because of their genuine salvation which bears the fruit of faith and love.

In any case, Paul and his companions were indeed thankful to God for this miraculous work of grace.

** Still here in verse five, what was used to bring this great hope to the lives of the Colossians?

The "gospel", "the word of truth"!

** Does the Bible say what the gospel is, or is that just a new term of contemporary Christianity?

1Corinthians 15:1-4 - Paul presents the gospel
Matthew 4:23 - Jesus proclaimed the gospel
Mark 16:15 - We proclaim the gospel
Philippians 1:27 - We strive for the gospel
2Timothy 1:8 - We suffer for the gospel
Romans 1:16 - We are not ashamed of the gospel

All of this because it is "the word of truth"!

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